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REJOICE: Make Room

One of the well-worn clichés around Christmas is that there was “no room at the Inn”. It’s been a metaphor to remind us that we should always remain open to receiving Jesus into your hearts and lives when He shows up. What an irony that at this time of the year, which is universally recognized to be all about the coming of Jesus to humanity, we are too often distracted and stressed by all the traditions and trappings of the holiday season. As a result, Christmas time isn’t the season of peace and joy that it’s supposed to be for us. It’s more a period of stress, anxiety and sometimes conflict. But it certainly doesn’t have to be like that. When Jesus is moving in, and we are willing to allow him to do so, we will see his nature being worked out in our own thoughts, attitudes and actions, even in the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Jesus is not just the reason for the season, he is also the spirit of the season. And his nature truly is, joy, hope, peace and love.


December 3rd             “Good news of MEGA Joy”, Luke 2:10, John 15:11 - Kevin Armstrong

December 10th           “Hope for the Hopeless”. Luke 2: 8, 20 - Donna Moss

December 17th           “Unearthly Peace”. Luke 1:26-38, Phillipians 4:6-7 - Dan Fortin

December 24th           “What kind of King is this?” Matthew 2:1-12, Isaiah 9:6-7 - Kevin Armstrong


December 3, 2017

Good News of MEGA Joy

In the hustle and bustle of the busy Christmas season, “joy” is not one of the moods we experience most often. Yet the angels proclaimed the birth of Jesus to be “news of great joy” to the whole world. How do we miss that in our preparation and celebrations? More importantly, how do we recapture it? (Luke 2:10; John 15:11)


Ministry Theme 2017-18


Restore: Here as in Heaven

This year at Forest Brook we’re going to take a prolonged look at this Kingdom Jesus talked about. Using the gospel of Matthew as our primary guide we want to let Jesus speak for Himself about the Kingdom He brought, and we will endeavour to listen. 


We desire three outcomes as a result of our study:

The first is that we hope for everyone at Forest Brook to come to understand just what the Kingdom of God is. It’s so much more than a doctrine of the church or some future reality that we are still waiting for. In fact, we believe that if you and I really understood what this Kingdom was, it would be like finding a treasure in a field and then running out to sell everything you have to raise enough money to buy that field (Matthew 13:44). It’s worth that much!

The second outcome we desire is to see everyone at Forest Brook come to the place where they identify themselves with this Kingdom. To see themselves as part of it. But don’t think that will be easy. For that to happen you have to be reborn (John 3:3). And living in this Kingdom is very different from living in this world. The ethics are different. The values are different and extremely challenging. Living in a restored state means being willing to change a lot of things about ourselves in order to come in line with the citizenship of heaven. And living in this Kingdom will be the most important thing in our life – eclipsing everything else. It will become the thing we want most of all out of life (Matthew 6:33). 

Thirdly, we believe that, if we see success in #1 and #2, it will change the way every Forest Brooker relates to the world around us. You can’t be part of this Kingdom of God and look at the world the same way ever again. You realize that there really is a difference between light and darkness. You’ll understand the incredible emancipation from slavery that this Kingdom offers. And you’ll yearn to see every person, every institution, and even the earth itself, healed and restored by this Kingdom, just as you have been. You’ll realize that every place you’re blessed to put your foot is a place where you are meant to proclaim this Kingdom to anybody who will listen (Ephesians 6:15). Every act of service you undertake, every effort to make the world a better place or to touch the life of another, will be married to this message – the Kingdom is here (Matthew 10:7-8). 

Lofty goals, perhaps. But these are the goals of the Kingdom of heaven. It is the reality of God’s restoring grace and power, working in and through you and me to change the world. It’s a worthy cause, won’t you agree? Let’s begin …

 

Orange October


Relate: Orange October 2017

Relate: Orange October 2017

There is nothing in creation that is not restorable by the power of the Holy Spirit. Psalm 104:30 says that when God sends His Spirit He renews the face of the earth. Everything that is touched by the Spirit is changed by the Spirit. When Jesus announced that the Kingdom of heaven had come near, he was telling people that things could change. He was telling them that the power of God was now at work, and available, in a new way to human beings. There is nothing about us that cannot be changed by the work of the Holy Spirit.


And that includes all of our relationships. Marriages, families, friendships – all of these can be restored in the Kingdom of God. But how? How does that work? What are the secrets of the Kingdom that help us restore our relationships? That’s what we’ll be looking at in our Orange October preaching series this month.

 

October 15, 2017

Redefining Family Relationships

October 29, 2017

Restoring Women and Marriage

October 22, 2017

Children and the Kingdom